Brewood Best Kept Village Community

The annual Best Kept Village competitions have been organized by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) since the early 1970s. Villages are judged on tidiness, appropriateness, and typicality. The competiton is nationwide, but there are separate awarding organisations for each county. The Brewood group has its own committee and usually start the season with a meeting in the library. They organise regular working parties, usually focusing on the basics: keeping the village ‘Litter Weed and Dog-Poo Free’. The group also report on their progress via their Facebook group, and organise interim competitions, such as a Blooming Brewood Gian Sunflower competition and a Bug Hotel challenge.

In 2019 the Staffordshire County Large Villages winner was Gnosall, but Brewood won the South Staffordshire Area Large Villages award, with Perton and Wombourne the runners up.

There was no CPRE Best Kept Village competition during 2020 due to lockdown.

In 2021 the awards were different, as the judges were unable to visit in person. The Brewood committee submitted an entry in the competition with detailed photographic and written evidence. The winners were:

  • CPRE Staffordshire Award for Community Spirit – Brewood
  • Richard Winterton Auctioneers Award for Community Spirit – Hill Ridware
  • The Community Foundation Award for Community Spirit – Wombourne



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